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Extra win means $500,000 boost for player


Richmond resident Henri Martens got a $500,000 surprise after he bought a Lotto 6/49 ticket and said ‘Yes’ to the Extra.

A regular player for the past 30 years, Martens validated his ticket in Superstore this morning while picking up some items. When he saw “Winner! $500,000!” come up on the screen Martens said, “I thought it was an advertisement for lotteries, but then the retailer told me I won. It’s a good boost in the arm.”

When Martens told his wife, she kept asking him, “are you joking?” She hung up and then called him back to ask again if he was kidding.

Martens, who is self-employed, plans on putting the money in the bank and giving some thought before spending it. He hopes to pay off his mortgage and to invest.

"I’m like everyone else, I’ve always had dreams of winning the big amount,” said Martens.

Martens purchased his winning ticket at Petro Canada on Granville Avenue in Richmond.

Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at

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